Traditional music and dance
The 2018 Gordon Castle Highland Games will be jammed packed with local and national talent, entertaining visitors all day long with the very best in traditional Highland music and dance. We will also be showcasing the finest local talent in our Performance Corner with Elephant Sessions joining us straight from their award-winning Celtic Connections success in 2017.
Highland Dancing Competition
Highland Dancing is one of the oldest forms of dance and dates back to the 11th Century. During the 19th Century Highlanders began holding competitions and the tradition has continued ever since. And the 2016 Gordon Castle Highland Games Highland Dancing Competition will be a ‘competition’ in every sense of the word. The dancers will have began their training at a young age and will have practiced rigorously for the event. Great care and attention will have been taken over the dancer’s costumes, which, like the dances themselves, are steeped in Highland folk lore and tradition.This year the competition returns to the Rose Garden with the board right in front of the large Rhododendrons – perfect back drop for the superb competitive dancing that takes place. The competition is once again being ably organised by Alison Milne and her team under SOBHD rules and we can expect to enjoy old staples such as the Fling, Flora Lilt, the Swords and many more popular favourites.
Massed Pipe Bands
The Highland Games Arena provides the ideal venue in which to fully enjoy the spectacle of a Massed Band in all its pomp and grandeur. The extra space made available this year adjacent on the Tower Lawn also allowed individual bands to put-on longer in-situ performances. It was acclaimed by one and all as a must-see event.
Dufftown & District Pipe Band
Banff Castle Pipe Band
Huntly & District Pipe Band
Strathisla Pipe Band Pipe Band
Portsoy Pipe Band
Buckie & District Pipe Band
Aberlour Community & District Pipe Band
Solo Piping Competition
The Gordon Castle Highland Games Solo Pipe Competition continues to grow in popularity and we are very keen to encourage younger pipers to participate. To enter please see here.